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Six school districts to receive $5,000 grants


As part of an ongoing initiative to promote learning among students at all education levels, MIS Cares and the NASCAR Foundation will award a $5,000 grant to six school districts in Jackson and Lenawee Counties.

The grants will aid in upgrading the technology in the media center or library of the schools. The grants will be presented at the racetrack’s annual community luncheon on November 17.

The deadline to complete the application is October 9, so schools need to act fast.

The NASCAR weekends at MIS allowed MIS Cares to drop the green flag to raising money for local organizations. MIS Cares and the NASCAR Foundation sold 50/50 raffle tickets, raising $68,710 in June and $119,060 in August.  

Thanks to the proceeds, the NASCAR Foundation and MIS Cares are committed to providing six $5,000 grants through DonorsChoose.org to schools in Jackson and Lenawee County School Districts this year.

Schools will be able to submit their grant application by posting a project request through DonorsChoose.org. The grant request deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 9.

Schools can apply by visiting www.DonorsChoose.org to register for the site, if they are not already a user. They can create their project by choosing a project type, adding materials and telling their story about the project need(s) and students. After their project is submitted, the DonorsChoose.org team will review, send any follow-up questions if needed and publish their project on the site. Once they’ve received the project link, please send via email to Jayme Bicknell at jbicknell@mispeedway.com.

Projects chosen will be funded directly through DonorsChoose.org by Nov. 2.

In addition, MIS Cares will award $1,000 scholarships to 10 high school seniors in April 2016. The scholarship are open to any graduating senior in Jackson or Lenawee County who is entering a STEAM-related (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) field at a college or university in Michigan.

MIS welcomes students from across the globe to the Irish Hills as part of the Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) competition in the spring. Students will compete in one of the most prestigious SAE Collegiate Design events. Formula SAE is an educational competition that challenges university undergraduate and graduate engineering students to design, build and compete in scaled-down, Formula-style autocross race cars.

MIS Cares is a donor advised fund of The NASCAR Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity. MIS Cares’ mission is to create a lasting, positive impact on our community through charitable giving and volunteer efforts that cultivate community growth and advances quality of life.

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